...Here's the drivers' briefing for our Magnificent 7 run down to The New Forest. They will be taken through it tonight when they arrive at the radio station before the show, and the drivers' dinner following that. Thought you might find it interesting.
CAR NUMBER 1 - THE JAMES COBURN 1960 FERRARI 250 CALIFORNIA SPYDER.
REG NO. FER 1
To start this beauty it's ignition to on - fuel pump on - wait till pump slows down - clutch in - three pumps of the gas and then press key in to fire. Ease the revs on for warm up and then fuel pump OFF.
If in slow traffic or stationary and engine shows first signs of struggling, fuel pump goes back on until engine is happy again.
FOIBLES: None really but always do a life saver over your right shoulder before pulling out due to left hand drive.
This car is truly amazing - it is the most authentic driving experience I have ever had.
CAR NUMBER 2 - THE 1962 FERRARI 250 SHORT WHEEL BASE.
REG NO. ENZ 1000
This car is a legend - only 165 were built and it was Ferrari's first accession to a road/race car.
Very similar starting procedure to the CAL.
Ignition on - fuel pump on - wait for slow down - clutch in - three good pumps of accelerator and push key in to fire.
Once car is nicely warmed up fuel pump OFF unless traffic slows and she begins to struggle.
FOIBLES : Watch out for dip in revs at end of clutch in first gear there is a flat spot stall point right at the death just before you let the clutch fully out.
Again make sure you do a life saver over right shoulder when pulling out or overtaking.
CAR NUMBER 3 - 1966 FERRARI 275 GTB 4 CAM.
REG NO. ENZ2000
This car is a stunner and drives like a dream. By the end of the tour you will all have done more miles in this car than I have.
Start procedure can be found in car on printed sheet but is very similar to the first two. Must must must remember to turn off fuel pump once car is warm. Otherwise she will oil up and it's re-tune time !!!
FOIBLES: Ensure clutch is all the way down for change down otherwise you may get an embarrassing crunch.
Life saver again required over right shoulder.
CAR NUMBER 4 - 1985 FERRARI 288 GTO.
REG NO. ENZ 3000
This car is the nuts - for me it's the car that bridges the two halves of design from the old scuderia to the new more mass produced cars but with only 272 ever made it is right up there with the all time classics.
I think this car is the most definitive Ferrari ever ! The whale tail ekes all the way back to the legendary GTO whereas the sharp nose literally points toward the future of the Enzo.
To start this stallion it's ignition to on and then fire her up with the big black push button start.
FOIBLES: Beware the whoosh of the turbos - if you don't know what they are they'll scare you half to death.
Also this car is very very quick so always brake in a straight line and be careful with the power when bringing it back in on a bend. I lost it once and headed sideways towards a very frightened man in a Ford Mondeo.
VERY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU WANT TO TURN THE IGNITION OFF - it is vital you let the car idle for at least 45 seconds otherwise the turbos will melt and have to be replaced !!!!!
This would probably be the last car I would part with if I had to - enjoy.
CAR NUMBER 5 - THE RIDICULOUS FERRARI F40.
REG NO. ENZ 40
This car genuinely scares me every time I drive it. For your own sake this is the one you have to be really careful in.
Start procedure is exactly the same as the 288 - key to on and then push the big black button ready for lift off.
Again straight line braking is essential and a love affair with the accelerator is highly recommended.
FOIBLES: Death is never far away when you are at the wheel of this monster.
Turbo cooling is once again essential before turning the ignition off.
Hope to see you on the other side.
CAR NUMBER 6 - THE 1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO.
REG NO. ENZ246
This car is a little belter and the car I dreamt of owning when I was a nipper.
Start up is just like a normal car - should be no probs. No fuel pump or turbos to worry about here.
FOIBLES: The gear box is pesky to say the least. This model is renowned for jumping out but only in third fourth and fifth. Male double sure every gear is engaged before releasing clutch and be ready for a jump out over bumps and when slowing down - if you're not ready for it, it can be a bit of a shock and cause rapid de-acceleration.
CAR NUMBER 7 - THE ELEGANT 1964 FERRARI 250 LUSSO.
REG NO. ENZ 250.
The most important thing you need to know about this car is that it belongs to Natasha my wife so pleeeeease be careful with it. It was her 30th birthday pressie and she adores it.
Back to fuel pump procedure starting.
Ignition on - fuel pump on - wait for slow down then foot on clutch and three pumps of gas before pushing key in to fire.
Again fuel pump OFF when warm and stand by to turn again in traffic but only if engine starts struggling.
FOIBLES: Sometimes you think the hand brake is all the way off when it is still on - this has happened to me twice and both times the hand brake had to be replaced so a double check is handy.
This car is the second last car I would sell if I had to. A real wolf in sheeps clothing
These cars are drivers cars and love to be driven relatively hard. The best way to do this is hover around 4000 revs they love it there. This is also a really good decision making rev count to be at. Not too fast for safe breaking and a nice torquey point to bring in more gas for an overtake. Of course feel free to take the revs higher but when doing any steady speed get back to 4000 revs and you will have a great ride.
All first gear pull aways are prone to an embarrassing stall right at the top point where the clutch is about to become fully disengaged so get ready for that and be prepared to dip the clutch back in till you get the revs right.
Hand brake starts are essential for all the cars on even the slightest of slopes - rolling back on to the car behind is the most embarrassing way to incur a bill at the body shop.
Beware trying any boy racer quick get aways as the cars aren't built for that - it won't work and the smell from the clutch is worse than that of burning hair which is second only to a rotting corpse.
I'm sure there's loads of things I've missed out but hey ho we'll discover them as we go.
Maps are provided and have been marked up by my driver Marky Mark who has driven the route twice in the last week. We will try to stay together but it will be nigh on impossible, so you will need to have the maps out as we need to meet up for the change overs.
We are on a very tight schedule so we must try to hit these stop points on or before time.
Change over is simply every one moves one car down and the last driver and passenger walk forward to take over the front car.
IF SOMETHING ISN'T WORKING ON THE CAR from a door not closing to a switch not working DON'T TRY TO BULLY IT IN TO SUBMISSION - THERE WILL BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH EITHER WHAT YOU ARE DOING OR MAYBE THERE COULD BE A FAULT, AND AGGRESSIVENESS WILL PROBABLY MAKE WHATEVER IT IS WORSE. Again I know this from experience.
If you do happen to break anything or bump a car all I ask is the you inform me straight away so I can get it fixed. There will be no tears I promise.
Alright team - let's do this thing.
So there you have it for now blog fans. Never ever been this busy but I have to say I love it.
PS: Don't forget we still want YOU to choose our first track for the show tomorrow. Make it a special one, pleeeeease...